I Hate Jill Zarin Weekend News & Guest Blog

I Hate Jill Zarin Guest Blog – Official Report from Quincy IL

Quincy was on assignment last week and was asked to attend Dina Manzo’s Project Ladybug event at the Hyatt in downtown Chicago, unfortunately Quincy got her dates a bit mixed up and went a week early, we bumbling bunch of hobby bloggers screwed up again. I kid I kid… Here’s Quincy’s hysterical blog:

Last week, many brave board members braved the cold and the huge Christmas shopping crowds in Manhattan and Quincy, IL, to see if Jill Zarin bedding had made it to our local Bed, Bath and Beyond stores. WSL wore designer clothes on her spy mission. I wore a black ensemble (it makes you look thinner and more like a spy.)

In the fine tradition of “I hate Jill Zarin’s” board members adventure with Bravo’s reality housewives, I am in my hotel room in the Hyatt in downtown Chicago right next to my bathroom whispering to my friends on the board about the visit of Dina Manzo of NJ and her Christmas elf, Jen Zen Sales next week. That’s right I am here one week too soon, but I want to share the adventure in Chicago that Dinah might have next week.

We arrived (after missing the entrance to the hotel and having to go around the block once) and were helped by Allen, the captain of the parking attendants, who will no doubt be the parking attendant helping Dinah unload her many suitcases for her two day stay at the Hyatt for a fundraiser next week. Allen was very unenthusiastic when I handed him the two singles for the two rolling suitcases that I chose to roll to the front desk, but he will be very happy when he gets the 20 for taking all of the luggage in for Dina next week.

I got caught in the front door and my husband dropped his fake fur cap when he was at the front desk, but Dinah will have people to handle her registration and she will probably sit in the lounge area talking on her phone to Lexie. I love the chandeliers and kept staring at the silver Christmas ornaments in glass containers, but Dina, who has a chandelier in her bedroom walk in closet will not be as impressed. I touched a giant white poinsettia to see if it was real. It was. Dinah will see a real giant white poinsettia next week when she visits Chicago next week.

We met three large Midwestern housewives in the elevator going to our 15th floor room. Because I lost weight, there was no violation of the weight limits in the glass lined elevator although it did seem to have a little trouble on lift off. Dinah will ride alone with her assistant as I’m sure no one is allowed in an elevator carrying Bravo’s precious cargo.

We are staying in a very nice room, but Dinah, representing her charity, will probably stay in one of the many suites on the highest level. You need to be taken to that area by bellmen so I could not look at the hallway going to Dinah’s suite, but my hallway had blue carpets and was very nicely lit. I bet her carpet is a tad nicer, probably gold colored carpet. I bet she will have another live poinsettia on the floor when her elevator arrives. There were not Christmas decorations on my floor.

Looking over the room service menu, I see that Dinah will be able to order pizza, fine cuisine, and magnums of champagne. My husband told me to put the room service menu down. I have to walk to restaurants if I want to eat. I read it quickly though and she can order a complete steak dinner with all of the fixings for sixty bucks.

Dina can also visit the Club for Fitness if she brings her room key. There are many machines that I don’t know how to use, but a man showed me how to turn on a stair machine and he even showed me how to adjust the speed. There is a pool, but Dinah visited a pool in Atlantic City to enjoy the sun and pool side drinks. The sun was not available when I swam.

I walked the hallways of the convention area which were completely empty. I’m sure next Sat. the hallways will be filled with anxious Chicagoans each with thirty dollars cash in their hands waiting to fork it over to Diana to help pay the expenses of Project Lady Bug and help children with cancer. The bathroom in the convention center was very nice and very clean. I wanted to text the board from the bathroom, but I only makes know how to make phone calls. I took a photo, but I don’t know how to put it on the net. Next week, Dinah might use that bathroom. I wonder how I can delete the bathroom photo from my phone.

Just off of the main lobby there was a convenience store with some over the counter medicines that Dina could buy. They have a cooler full of bottled items, but I have a feeling the Project Ladybug will be covering mini bar expenses too.

I can’t stay until next Sat. for a real report, but I watched a black limo pull up and a nice looking blond woman got out of her car wearing a full length mink coat. She had a lot of luggage and she probably was staying in a suite while she was visiting. It wasn’t Dina, but Allen did look happy taking the tip her husband/significant other/ sugar daddy handed him. I smiled at the blond lady and she smiled back. Next week, Dinah will come out of the blisteringly cold Chicago lake wind and smile at the first grandmother that she sees.

Report completed.

Quincy IL

As most of you know by now, Jill Zarin’s flight to Chicago was cancelled this morning, not just delayed but completely cancelled…or so she says LOL

Here’s her Tweets:
@JillZarin: My flighted to Chicago has been CANCELLED Due to weather. I am SO SORRY to all my fans but will reschedule. We make plans and God Laughs

@JillZarin: We are trying to come up with solution. We could SKYPE in so we can TAWK! Like that? only in 2010 kids only in 2010

I doubt folks who paid $100 each to see Jill Zarin will be satisfied with seeing her on a TV screen, I also doubt that God cares whether or not Jill made it to Chicago. I could be wrong. I do hope she reschedules, I am sure that would be the preferred alternative to returning all the ticket money.

If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to my radio podcast, just released this week my interview with Tabatha Coffey of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. You can find it here:

REALITY BUZZ with LYNN HUDSON featuring Salon Queen TABATHA COFFEY http://j.mp/eQhe7x

Coming this week, Reality Buzz with Lynn Hudson is very proud to bring you my interview with Sonja Morgan of The Real Housewives of New York. I will post the link as soon as it is released.

Finally, my latest contribution to the professional blogging world is my Portrait of Camille Grammer of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills:

Portrait of a Housewife – Camille Grammer @ http://look.ac/hie17m
Until Next Time….


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276 Responses to I Hate Jill Zarin Weekend News & Guest Blog

  1. AZ Girl says:

    @QuincyIl. Hope you were able to at least get some shopping done on Michigan Ave while you were there.

    Here is an article with pictures of Camille during her Club MTV days. Scroll down and there is a picture of her on the beach with a yellow bikini. Ummm……her butt looks huge. Shortly after this picture was taken she was diagnosed with IBS and lost a ton of weight.


    • Had Enough! says:

      I had a professor in grad school who had IBS and we could always tell when he was having a flare-up. We called it “Good Larry” and “Bad Larry.” Most of the time he was a kind person, but on his bad days, he was a total a-hole. But because we all knew of his condition, we just dealt with it.

      So knowing this, I’d be included to cut Ex-Mrs. KG a break, but to do that, I’d have to assume that every day is a bad day, because she’s a bitch all the time. And yet she manages to fly around the country, play tennis, wind surf, run, show off her body to her friends, shop, etc. So I’m thinking she is just a total bitch who happens to have IBS.

      • TLM says:

        I tend to think she can’t be feeling that bad if she is swimming, playing tennis, paddleboarding and running. Oh yeah, and constantly feeling up a married guy who’s 15 years younger, and supposedly a “dear friend” of Kelsey’s. Isn’t it odd how the “dear friend of Kelsey” always has to ask Camille what Kelsey said about this or that? Or what Kelsey thinks of this or that? Wouldn’t he know directly? And why would a 30-something guy be a dear friend of a 60-year old? It makes no sense. Camille gets to have a hanger-on with him, and he gets to hope that Kelsey can get him acting work.

    • twoile says:

      Tx Lynn…tried 2 leave a comment on the AC re:CG but after signing in logging on etc nothing happened. Just wated 2 let u know it was terrific !

  2. Had Enough! says:

    Quincy – you are my hero!

    Those of you on Twitter – please tweet Tabatha Coffey to thank her for being on Lynn’s podcast. She is being harrassed (some might say “bullied”) for having appeared on the podcast. It seems that some people believe that (a) expressing a negative opinion is the same thing as bullying (which of course would be problematic for Tabatha given the premise of her show) and that (b) because the word “hate” is in the title of the blog, Lynn is a bully (and so are we).

    Some people just jump to conclusions based on the title and don’t bother to read the blog. If they did they’d know that this blog is anything but hate. As newcomer Missy wrote w days ago, “I just came across this blog and I have got to say it is one of the best blogs with the best comments and clearly you all have deep respect and love for each other. Such a breathe of fresh air from others where people verbally attack others for their opinions. You all have regained my faith in peaceful posting. Bless you all and to Lynn for her beautiful writing talents and putting them to good use. I am a RH fanatic but I missed last weeks episode and with Lynn’s perfect recap I don’t even need to watch it. Thank you!

    A happy reader!”

    And also please tweet Sonja (@sonjatmorgan) to thank her.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      This is a great idea Had Enough! I would really appreciate if you would all tweet your support of Tabatha appearing on the show directly to her, I think she’d like to think she was a part of something positive as well.

      Thanks everyone!

    • JazzNightOut says:

      You remembered my manners for me. I didn’t think of this. Thanks, H.E.

      • JazzNightOut says:

        K. Tweeted both Tabatha and Sonja. My first tweets to reality stars. “Moving on up to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the skys…”

    • icantstandthetoxicity says:

      I tweeted Tabatha yesterday and thanked her for appearing on “Reality Buzz”. I will show some support for Sonja too. @End2bullying has been bullying Sonja on Twitter because she was interviewed by Lynn. @End2bullying claims to be against bullying but they think it is okay to bully Sonja. *shakes head*

      • JazzNightOut says:

        I don’t understand how others “do unto others” what they profess to condemn. Either they are unconscious or they are deliberating riding a theme for their own ends. Not that anyone is perfect, but sheeeeeeesh! And people believe and follow them! I suspect this sentiment has been posted here previously. πŸ™‚

    • amia009 says:

      lol actually the blog of website is called “lynnNchicago101”

  3. klmh says:

    Quincy, I loved this blog. You put a big ole smile on this wrinkly face! Tx so much.
    Were you really going to go to this charity event or are you on another mission from God, as the Blues Brothers say?

  4. AZ Girl says:

    One thing that always startles me when I go back to Chicago to visit family is how many women wear REAL fur coats. Just don’t see that very often here.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Weather? Course, fake fur (like I have on my parka) works just as well.

    • ArizonaMagpie says:

      Coming from Canada I have to admit my fur coat (my mother’s before me) was the only coat that truly kept me warm.

      I still have it and the matching hat but no need to wear it here in Arizona. I’ve been to parties in December out here wearing no coat and a skimpy dressy dress.

      I hear a lot of you are getting a bad storm. It is 80F here – a lot above normal. This is the only time of year that makes the summer furnace heat worth while. lol

      • JazzNightOut says:

        Actually I would rather be too cold than too hot, so, even tho it is in the -F here because of huge winds, I am happy in a comforter w/heating pad and my snark. I guess we can have both: cold-hearted snark and warm-hearted snark and not miss a beat.

    • Wall St Lady says:

      NYC is full of real furs.
      There is a slight trend towards coats lined w/ fur in order to sin a little less bluntly.

      • quincyil says:

        I didn’t really see fur coats. Honestly, lots of insulated cloth coats and lots of wool coats… There was a section in Sachs selling them, but I don’t remember people wearing them…

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  6. TrueLifeDiva says:

    Hey everybody! Planned on taking my usual Turbo Kick Boxing class this morning and start the week off totally pumped but woke up with a serious cramp in my neck :-(. Can’t turn my head left to save my life. Seriously sucks because it’s been cold all week and today it is 70 degrees. Oh well, light household chores and watching some of the 83 shows saved on my DVR will be my plan “B” πŸ˜€

    • JazzNightOut says:

      You could watch Adrienne kick box. They say going through a physical exercise in your mind is working your muscles. No I didn’t make this up; I heard it at a party years and years ago before physical exercise was necessary. Remembered it cuz I knew even then I would love using it to justify watching tennis!

    • kbinldo says:

      Get a small towel wet. Heat it up in the microwave. Wrap it in another towel. Place around neck. Repeat as needed.

      That or con pay someone to massage your neck a bit. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Adgirl says:

      How did your peel work out? I had a professional chem peel this week and my skin looks amazing!. There was some extra goop left over so the gal put it on my hands so they look fresher today too!

  7. justanothermary says:

    You’re hysterical Quincy. The chuckle you gave me was almost as big as the one I got when justanothervirgil, after dressing in SEVERAL layers (a ritaul I truly wish I could share with you all) ventured outside to find our vehicles. As soon as he got off the deck (somehow he either didn’t notice the 22″ of snow or he simply did not see the 3 shovels in the corner of the deck as the deck is still not shoveled) he dropped is Jeep keys into a snow bank (he did see that snow). After about 10 minutes spent on his knees in the snow and with the help of justanothrdarrin (my son who lives next door with his famly in a truly sick “Everyone Loves Raymond” kind of way) the keys were recovered. As we speak father and son are outside, vehicles running, driveway plowed out, arguing over who SHOULD have moved the boat into the shed so that they could actually get to the plow truck. As far as I’ve heard, no one has mentioned the fact that justanothermary (truly the brains of this operation) has been saying for no less than 3 days that if they don’t move that ugly boat the plow truck will not be making anyone any money when the snow drifts in. Sigh.

    I’m going to go to Hulu and see if I can catch up with the hobags since our local cable company has dropped Bravo from their line up. See ya later!

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Love hearing the exploits of the justanothermary and justanothervirgil family. Now a new cast member: justanotherdarrin. Knew you were the brains of the outfit and, I suspect, the heart. ((((((( (( Mary )))))))).

      • Adgirl says:

        OMG you guys sound like a crack up.
        If you could video/youtube the father & son “bonding” over shoveling the cars, boats and airplanes out of your driveway we’d be glad to watch it!

    • quincyil says:

      If we can laugh here and there, it makes our lives richer.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      ahhh…The Virg an’Mary Show…good times, good times

  8. kbinldo says:

    Good job, Quincy! I hope you can go back next week for the real thing. πŸ™‚

  9. momof7 says:

    @TrueLifeDiva I was reading the comments from the last blog and left a comment for you. When I refreshed I was there was a new blog.

    Anyhoo, I’m coming out of lurkdom to ask how do you make organic soaps?? What do you use for a cleanse??

    I LOVE organic produce/products especially making my own products. Love essential oils as well. Please share πŸ™‚

  10. Had Enough! says:

    KooKooPuff looking normal and doing normal stuff:


    I know the Daily Mail ripped her for those boots, but considering the weather in NYC today, and considering that it is really a nice change to see her looking normal, I say BIG IMPROVEMENT. She looks totally downtown NYC.

  11. TrueLifeDiva says:

    @Momof7 the cleanse I do is a modified Neera cleanse. No laxatives involved. Day 1 raw fruit and veggies
    Day 2 just fruit
    Day 1-7 tea, drink mixture, and water.

    The organic soap thing is a hobby of mine. I don’t know if it would pass the legal definition of organic but I keep it pretty pure. I order my oils from Scentoils.com. They are not all essential oils so you have to read closely to distinguish the plant based versus the chemical ones and which ones are soap grade. I usually order plumeria and lavendar for my own use and then an assortment for friends. They also sell Sweet Almond oil in bulk to use as a base/to dilute the product. These oils are SUPER concentrated.
    I buy soy based soap making kits at Michaels and Jo ann fabrics. I buy the kits because I only make soap once or twice a year and they last a long time. I buy the oils in bulk (quarts) because I can make soap, candles, bath salts, and reed diffusers with them.

  12. momof7 says:

    Love it! I had no clue JoAnn Fabrics sold soap making kits. I’ve always wanted to make my own but never did the research.

    Have you heard of MountainRoseHerbs.com ? They sell all kinds of herbs, essential oils & spices. You have to know what your doing. I’m still a novice. They have a blog which posts a lot of useful recipes on healing salves, lip balm etc. Etc.

    Another good site is http://www.learningherbs.com they sell kits that give you everything you need (instructions) to make tinctures, salves, lotions etc.

    Thanks for the info! Hope your neck feels better by the way! Nothing worse that a neck that won’t turn!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Did you know Michaels and JoAnn honor each others’ coupons? They’re somehow related, so the coupons work. This is particularly nice because Michaels usually has a 50% off one item coupon in the Sunday paper.

  13. ArizonaMagpie says:

    Thanks Lynn for all the great blogs. I especially love your portrait of Camille.

    I haven’t posted for a while but I haven’t seen anyone comment on Lisa’s jewelry that she wore to the dinner party. The diamond and ruby necklace and earrings. I thought they were stunning even though they might have been on loan from a jeweler. It’s my guess that she owns them outright. Jewelry with smaller stones is stunning and not nearly as expensive as larger stones. I thought them looked perfect on her. Just the right size.

    I hate to admit I like anything about Camille or things she has but that sparkler necklace she wears for some of her talking heads is a stunner. However, again, I don’t think it is large single stones but rather clusters of smaller stones made to look like larger stones.

    Sorry, I’m a sucker for admiring what looks like stunning jewelry.

    Merry Christmas all.

  14. TrueLifeDiva says:

    @momof7, I will definitely check out those sites. Sounds like my cup of tea πŸ™‚

    • Mimisfbay says:

      Sadly, Jill Zarin isn’t on the list! Kelly was really more scary and seemed truly crazy or drugged; maybe both. Oh well

    • Had Enough! says:

      Aw! You guys! You got me just what I wanted for Christmas!

      But does this mean I have to stop bad-mouthing the bigots and ignoramuses at Fox News? Obviously, when it comes to picking people who are despised, they are pretty good. But wait…I don’t see that smug prick Sean O’Hannity or that supercilious bastard Bill O’Reilly on the list, or the worst of them all, Anne Coulter.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      She is just behind Spencer Pratt and LeBron James and ahead of Kate Gosselin; good work, Kelly!!! I think you deserve this honor.

    • AZ Girl says:

      I can’t believe that I agree with Fox News but I do on this one.

      • Had Enough! says:

        I know. I know. It makes me want to hurl, but I do agree with Fox News on this one. Oh my lord! My head is exploding! The world is ending!

        (Going to jump in the river now…goodbye cruel world!)

        Sometimes I get a great notion…
        To jump in the river and drown.

        These are lyric from a 19th century folksong that was made famous first by Lead Belly and then by the Weavers …Goodnight Irene…but it also gave rise to the Ken Kesey novel, Sometimes a Great Notion. The late Kesey is one of my heroes. It gives me great pleasure to mention the Weavers and Kesey in the same post as the evil Fox News. Because we shall overcome… someday there will be justice in this world…these days, things look bleak, but remember, this is just the one step back. In my life, there have been many one step backs, but just as many two steps forward..

  15. Kansas Girl says:

    Quincy, thanks so much for your report. It was almost like being there!

  16. Blue Sky says:

    @Quincy, really wish you could be there next week to report on Dina & so not Zen Jen.
    You cracked me up, then JustAnotherMary really got me laughing too…thanks for the lols.

    @JustAnotherMary there must be some stranded New York Giants fans all over the midwest. What a storm, when the dome at Viking stadium deflated, well that just did it for me! Now the game is moved to Detroit, and that’s better?


    It is if you are die hard fan with tickets because now you will get preferred seating on the 50 yard line, if you make it to Detroit!

    This whole MN storm brings back some fond memories. Some not so fond, too. We always had blankets, a shovel, emergency rations (usually Christmas cookies!) and you weren’t a real NE Iowa gal without your long underwear, serious boots, big gloves, scarf, & down coat when venturing out to travel. Makes me wonder “what ever happened to global warming??”

    Hang in there, spring’s coming in a few months!!

  17. momof7 says:


    Cool! I found the soap making kit online on joann’s website on sale for 29.99…to get half off of that would be a dream.

    Thanks for the tip!

  18. HD says:

    Nice blog, Quincy. I would have loved for you to be at the event and give us the scoop on what is going on. Did you go there for that or were you going to something else?

    Lynn, you are turning into a celebrity in your own right with these interviews with the bigwigs! Keep up the good work!

    • quincyil says:

      No, I just happened to be in Chicago in the Hyatt this weekend. I’m not going back. I enjoyed staying at the hotel and walking in the very cold rain. We had a dangerous journy home and met a young girl in a truch stop that almost was killed in an accident. We stayed with her until her family arrive. A truck driver pulled her out of her back window and forced her to walk through fire to saftey. They closed the highway down.

  19. hali yikama says:

    Nice Theme. I’ll Use It With My Photoblog..cappet cleaning haliyikamaci

  20. TrueLifeDiva says:

    @Momof7, when you go to the store look for soap molds also. I’ve found great themes/shapes for gift giving in the clearance section.

  21. momof7 says:


    Love it! Next to chocolate saving $$ is the next best thing πŸ™‚

    Got my phone’s screen lens for 3.95 with no shipping/handling & fixed it myself. Felt like I won the lottery!

    Thanks again!

  22. quincyil says:

    Actually, I was not mean and you know that. I think you should think about your own intent her. Mine was innocent. I am sure of that.

    • floridagirl88 says:

      You are fine, QuincyIL. Ignore the noise.

    • quincyil says:

      I tried to be fair so I reread my piece. There’s a boat load of self deprecating humor there that you missed. I never said the word “fat” and I never insulted anyone. For some reason, you chose to attack every thing I wrote.

      It’s ok. You can do that to anyone, but you seem to want to hurt me and I need to tell you that it really doesn’t bother me at all.

      • Loving This Blog says:

        @Seriously~ Self righteous much?

        Quincy’s humor shines through to me.

        Sorry it went over your head.

      • JazzNightOut says:

        Actually, I recognize your hairdo! You have been here before defending yourself. No need; just post financials and all will be well.

      • quincyil says:

        Well, I read tissue samples for people with cancer every work day. I have spent my life trying to help the sick. I started at 16 as a nurse’s aid in a Chicago hospital. I have held the hands of indigent men dying of cancer at night when no other person on Earth cared about them. So, if you don’t mind, I am going to ignore you.

      • Blue Sky says:

        All right, here’s something about negotiating/being in charge. The loser actually gets the last word in. The person controlling the conversation ends it. For example, in a telephone conversation, you give the info/orders/directions; the other person says “ok, will do.” Conversation over. It’s not like the playground, where the fighting keeps going, taunting, whatever. The stronger, in control person walks away. To be a strong negotiater/in control person takes more courage & strength than the taunter/trollie that was here yesterday could ever muster.

        TV has made a travesty out of good debating. It’s all about who screams the loudest, who got the last word, nothing is learned, & nothing is resolved. Fortunately, not that many viewers are tuned into those shoddy programs anyway. Miss you Tim Russert, you were the epitome of real debate, talking about the issues of the day in a probing, factual way. RIP

      • twoile says:

        Q U R far above this bs…..& we all know it. Tx 4 Ur time & generosity in your summary, fine very fine:)

  23. momof7 says:


    By the way, have you heard of Sole? Its Himalayan Pink Salt (unrefined, with high mineral content) dissolved in water. It has many health benefits, including detoxifying the body/ balancng PH levels. I wrote a post on my blog about it a while back. It may be of interest to you. πŸ™‚


  24. klmh says:

    Tipping, from the book of etiquette on tipping:
    – Porter/Doorman – $1-$2 per bag they help you with (more if it is
    very heavy). Tipping is not required for just opening a door (a smile
    and thank you is always appreciated).
    Also, I took no offense by the remark about the midwestern women, and I am one of them. It adds to the story for me, but I own my weight problem and can laugh at it, or fix it, if its important enough.

    • quincyil says:

      Those ladies weren’t that large. I took poetic license with the elevator part. It was a humorous piece. The elevator didn’t have any trouble at all.

      • klmh says:

        I think it added to the story, and really enjoyed the piece. Tx Q.

        • quincyil says:

          Thank you. I thought it had a lot of self deprecating humor and that is something I am famous for here. Some people don’t get me. rotfl…

          I missed the board, and I read it Sat. night, but I didn’t want to spill any beans as Lynn said she would publish it on Sun.

          I listened to some flight crews this morning and I knew the airport was going to close so Jill couldn’t come to Highland Park for her visit with fans.

          I even read Jen Sales twitter to see if she was going to Highland Park too. She said something about shows, but that turned out not to be about Jill. I wouldn’t have gone to see Jill, but it would have been cool knowing she was in the same county as I was.

          • LynnnSoCal says:

            Thanks for going above and beyond Quince. Enjoyed your tongue in cheek perspective. Aloha

            • quincyil says:

              Aloha. I would love to visit Hawaii some day.

            • oh for goodness sakes. the blog was hysterical, I laughed all the way through it- we know what this “person” is trying to do-as Floridagirl88 said “ignore the noise”
              Nothing about this post was offensive, nothing!
              it was pure humor and I for one, like just bout everyone else, thought it was very cute and funny.
              You have absolutely no reason to justify one word in this amusing story, Quincy.

      • HD says:

        I thought you called them large to paint the picture. Large is simply what it is, large. Let’s not pretend here. Hell, I’m large and it is what it is.

        I thought the whole piece was a tongue in cheek piece so it didn’t bother me in the least bit. After all I been through all that petty crap doesn’t phase me. If you don’t like it, keep it moving. Now who gon’ check me boo?

        • quincyil says:

          You are a writer so you know that you can twist anything into a knot when it comes to analysis.

          I actually respect your opinion and the opinions of so many others here. I admire you so much HD.

  25. TrueLifeDiva says:

    @Momof7 Thinner thighs on aisle 4 of Trader Joes for under $5 a month? I’m all over it! Shoot, I already shop there weekly. Thanks for the tip πŸ˜€

  26. Wall St Lady says:

    Why would anyone give a dime to lady bug when there r 100s of legitimate charities who have a track record of providing services comparable to their peers , spending their money wisely and financial statements available on demand.

    This financial Diva votes a
    LB !
    Record !
    (Except on Dina’s hubs fidelity)

    • Loving This Blog says:

      Good grief, you’re a BROKEN record.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:


      You can go to Macy’s and sidle up to the Lancome counter and get a free makeover. Or you can pay me the $60 an hour I charge.

      My makeup is going to be hands-down a better quality, professionally done job than what the Lancome “make up ariste” can do. Same with a radio podcast.

      People give to Lynn because they want to.

      Everyone here is actually intelligent enough to know when someone is operating a charity and when someone isn’t.

      We all get that Lynn isn’t operating a charity.

      And we all get that Dina isn’t either.

      • quincyil says:

        I actually thought about letting the girl do my makeup at the counter. She really wanted to help me look better.

    • Wall St Lady says:

      Why don’t u go back under the rock u crawled out from under !
      People here are friends. Don’t u get it ?

    • Kat says:

      @seriously~ Why don’t you go back to the really long fight blog and… sit on that thumb of yours? Seriously.

    • Blue Sky says:

      @Seriously … Seriously? You are complaining that we don’t want to give to a charity that failed to even REGISTER with the IRS as a charity until the many many people questioning that forced Dina to make her PLB “charity” into a “real” charity. Now, we are quite willing to give Dina lots of credit for raising $ for charity. Kadooz to her. So far, the documents of PLB’s finances are not available. We talk a lot on this blog on how to find out if a charity you want to support is legit, how it ranks with other well known charities… try out this website, seriously, so you know we are serious about supporting charity (there are some great ones on this site with “A” ratings that already do a great job for children with cancer):
      This is a free country, we have the right to support the charity of our choice! Seriously you will never be fully appreciated here with your attitude.

      And Quincy, I loved your humor. I thought you were referring to your weight loss, that’s why the elevator operated better. Calling other ladies fat – didn’t even get that from your piece, lol.

    • Wall St Lady says:

      Why would any one give to Lynn’s radio fund ?
      #1 there is only one Lynn and she is VERY
      Loved by many 100s that want their BlogMistressLynn dominate pod casts as well as bogs & who knows what next.
      #2 since u r not an investment banker ,I guess u missed the pod cast class and u do not know all the relative facts on costs. Mayb a pod cast u would do, is free. Lynn is a professional and u get what u pay for. I am sure Free is best for the folks u know.
      #3 Now listen carefully, this is what confused the Lady Bug accountants; Lady Bug, as a charity failed to understand that a donor can’t deduct the
      total contribution. The donor can only deduct the amount donated, minus all the party costs & expenses per attendee. (This would include ALL Dina’s personal expenses if charged) . I hope Dina gets her #s straight so that her accountants can explain what % of every dollar collected goes to the cause so that donors can take the proper IRS tax deduction.
      #4. No one ever said that Lynn is a charity and any gift doesn’t qualify for a tax deduction.
      Sorry but u are the only one that was uninformed enough to call Lynn a charity.
      I repeat Lynn is not a charity.
      I can understand that in coming from the school of charitable tax deductions according to the LB charity one might b confused. I hope I enlightened u.
      Schools Out for Today !

  27. JazzNightOut says:

    Have you never heard of ‘tongue in cheek’ and the word ‘humor.’ I think u are trying to stir up trouble here, and that won’t work: we love our quincy and are very attached to her and her sense of humor. Go try to shame another blog; that doesn’t work here.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Just read HD; no one gonna ‘check u boo.’ You are on the money, honey. No sense of humor in some, and they are the poorer for it.

  28. Buffywood says:

    As a general rule I find that woman who brag about how much they spend on something are really smart!

    that is when they are bragging how LITTLE they paid that is. The only time I tell people how much I paid for things is when I am so proud I found it so cheaply!

    • Blue Sky says:

      I’m the same way, but found out the hard way that with certain people (snooty types that is) it’s best not to ask “where did you get that?” & the worst for these people “how much did it cost?” After we first moved to NJ, & I knew absolutely nobody, I asked a woman married to one of my husband’s co-workers who apparently grew up rich just those questions. Her reply was “did you grow up in a barn?” So now I’m more careful…and I really didn’t grow up in a barn, but did spend lots of time in my cousin’s barn, playing in the loft, swinging on ropes, it was great! lol, I never tell people here in NJ where I grew up. Until I know them & can trust that they won’t make too much fun of me. That woman that was rude to me…her husband left her for another woman. Then left that one, for another one…and so it goes!

      • quincyil says:

        OMG… I actually grew up in a barn. I am not kidding.

        • Blue Sky says:

          LOL! I love barns. I’m really a very “country” person living in a metropolitan area, dreaming of returning to my roots some day. Here’s a good one, my husband went on a business trip back to the midwest & got a taste of how cold it was, and even some snow…that was the weekend of Dec. 6. Luckily he didn’t go this weekend!

          Quincy, you lead a great life. Enjoy all your stories!

          • quincyil says:

            I enjoy sharing with you too, Blue.

            I had a four year old pick up truck filled with Walmart discounted annuals when I picked up one of my kids. Another mother made a comment about my old truck. If only she knew… that truck is 21 years old now and still carrying around Walmart discounted flowers.
            There’s a lot more rust on the side and the seat seems to be missing some blue cloth, but I love that old truck. If you get a scratch, you don’t get upset. rotfl

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          A very good friend of mine grew up in NH. She has an identical twin.

          Their mother was grossly obese and was unable to even get out of bed- she was that large.

          The family was very poor and couldn’t afford any help for the care of the daughters, or the house, or the mental problems of the mother.

          So everyday when the father would go to work, he would take the girls and put them in the girls when they were toddlers and put them in the pig pen in the barn. Even in the winter.

          I guess, pigs are very vigelant and would keep the toddlers safe and warm, and would actually “herd” them away from the gates, so they couldn’t get out and hurt themselves.

          When someone asked my friend if she grew up in a barn , she would say, nope- a pig pen. And she wasn’t lying!

          • quincyil says:

            I know dogs save children’s lives, but I didn’t know this about pigs.

          • klmh says:

            This is long but a great read about pigs.

            Flying pigs are still the stuff of fantasy. But talking pigs, like E.B. White’s mud-loving runt Wilbur, may not be all that far-fetched.

            Barnyard pigs are clever creatures. They’re known to work in pairs to maneuver the latches and gates of their pens. Once they figure out how to open the gates, they’ll do so repeatedly, says Ken Kephart, a Penn State professor of animal science who has spent more than 20 years working with pigs.

            The smartest swine even open up the rest of the pens to let the others out, he says. On the occasional early morning, a farmer will arrive at his barn to find many of the pigs loose. “They’re very clever, without a doubt,” says Kephart. “They can be trained to do many of the same tasks we ask other animals to do.”

            Some of these useful tasks are instinctual for pigs. For instance, they’ve long been used to lead people deep into the forests of France to sniff out buried treasure. Truffles, fungi growing beneath the roots of oak trees, can fetch hundreds of dollars, sometimes more than $1,000 per pound on the gourmet food market.

            Other behaviors showcase pigs’ ability to learn new behaviors. Using their snouts, pigs can even be taught to maneuver a modified joystick to move a cursor on a video monitor, as proven in research done at Penn State from 1996 to 1998 by Stanley Curtis, then professor of dairy and animal science and now an adjunct animal sciences professor at the University of Illinois.

            For rewards of M&M’s, Skittles or Reese’s Pieces, the pigs moved the cursor over to a target, then used the cursor to distinguish among scribbles drawn by Curtis’ grandchild. The pigs were shown one scribble, then a few seconds later shown the same scribble along with a second. They used the joystick and cursor to distinguish between the scribble they had seen before and the one they were seeing for the first time.

            The pigs learned these tasks within 5 to 10 attempts, “very quickly,” says Curtis. “As quickly as chimpanzees.”

            But are pigs smarter than dogs?

            Both pigs and dogs are quite smart, says Brenda Coe, adjunct assistant professor of animal science, who helped Curtis in the initial stages of his work and also teaches dog behavior in a canine management class. But “intelligence” in animals is typically defined in a limited way, as the ability to learn what people try to teach them.

            There is no such thing as an animal IQ or other standard measure for animal intelligence that would allow a straight comparison. “You can compare two pigs or compare two dogs, but you can’t compare species to species,” says Coe.

            Pigs and dogs perform well on different tasks, depending on their motivation and strengths. Food is the motivator for pigs while loyalty and eagerness to please are the primary motivators for dogs.

            Pigs can be loyal, but not to the degree that dogs are, Kephart concurs. “Dogs really like to please the people they’re working with. Pigs are much more independently minded in my observation.”

            The animals have different physical abilities, too: Pigs tend to be near-sighted and rely on their senses of smell and hearing. Dogs also have a keen sense of smell, but rely more on their sight than pigs do, says Coe. Dogs are also better able to use their mouths to pick up objects.

            “A dog can learn task A quicker than a pig, but a pig may learn task B faster than a dog,” Coe adds.

            Except for those bred to hunt truffles, pigs have not been bred or raised for much besides food, or trained for tasks in the way many breeds of dogs have. The cognitive skills of the two species have evolved differently as a result of their environments and what has been required of them to survive, says Curtis.

            “Both of those species have spent a lot of time with humans, hundreds of thousands of years with hominids. Their behavior was shaped as they evolved, shaped by their interactions with humans.”

            Curtis hopes to teach a crude language to pigs by teaching them words for images and building a vocabulary. The objective is simple: build a better hog house. “If we’re going to build a better piggery so that animals’ needs and wants are being supported, then we need to know more about what they need and want,” he says. Designing hog houses this way would be both humane and practical, he argues.

            If you’re thinking by now that it might be nice to have a pig as a pet, think twice. They’re as curious as they are clever, and can be destructive as they explore, says Coe. And they need a lot of space. Market hogs are sold at around 250 pounds for slaughter, but can reach 600 to 700 pounds. Though many people are happy owners of potbelly pigs, she adds, these much-smaller animals can sometimes be aggressive.

            “I don’t think a pig is a good pet for everyone,” warns Coe.

            Maybe they’re just too smart for that.

      • Buffywood says:

        Blue Sky, so funny as we now live in a barn. So yes, technically my daughter is growing up in a barn. One of my girls friends got her a T-Shirt that says “Yes, as a matter of fact I did grow up in a barn”.

  29. LynnnSoCal says:

    Seriously! You really misunderstood the intent. You’re the only person who seems to not “get it”. Try relax. Sheesh! Ho Ho Ho!

  30. OneMoreInBoston says:


    umm…where do I even begin here?

    “Allen was very unenthusiastic when I handed him the two singles for the two rolling suitcases that I chose to roll to the front desk, but he will be very happy when he gets the 20 for taking all of the luggage in for Dina next week.”

    OK- @quincy schlepped her own luggage- and then even tipped the “very unenthusiastic” (I read-snotty) Allen – I wouldn’t have and I’m not a doctor’s wife.

    As far as the charity is concerned it has been widely commented on that Dina’s charity has not met it’s reporting obligations and very little is actually given to the charity she supports.

    It appears to me that @quincy is making fun of someone calling themselves a do -gooder but actually is doing nothing more than promoting themselves.

    And actually @quincy is not going next week to either make fun of Jen Sales or to check up on Dina.

    No matter how much @quincy’s trip cost- not one red cent should be contributed to a charity of Dina’s dubious record.

    As far as your comment about “wasting” the $, that seems a little subjective to me. How is it your concern how any one spends their money? As long it’s hers and she hasn’t stolen it from anyone -I fail to see how that’s one iota of your business.

    While I notice that you called @quincy’s BLOG snobbish and pretentious, you then go on to say she herself has a super inflated ego.

    That seems pretty mean to me. How are you going to admonish someone else for being “mean” and then stoop to their level? You lose your credibility with me when you do that.

    The first criticism you have made, I have saved for last:
    “We met three large Midwestern housewives in the elevator going to our 15th floor room. Because I lost weight, there was no violation of the weight limits in the glass lined elevator although it did seem to have a little trouble on lift off. Dinah will ride alone with her assistant as I’m sure no one is allowed in an elevator carrying Bravo’s precious cargo.”

    I guess that wasn’t very nice of @quincy to comment on the 3 large Mid Western housewives size, but I took it that she did it to contrast her trip on the elevator to what she is imagining Dina’s will be.

    Finally: @quincy goes on to say “… I just happened to be in Chicago in the Hyatt this weekend. I’m not going back. I enjoyed staying at the hotel and walking in the very cold rain. We had a dangerous journy home and met a young girl in a truch stop that almost was killed in an accident. We stayed with her until her family arrive. A truck driver pulled her out of her back window and forced her to walk through fire to saftey…”

    To me, that act of charity, that act of kindness, more than makes up for any unkind comment about 3 anonymous midwestern women that will never even know they have been commented on.

    I am really surprised by how aggressive and unnecessarily nasty your comments to @quincy are. Very uncharacteristic. I’m a little puzzled.

  31. quincyil says:

    So… on to more stories of my Chicago adventure.

    I was with a friend who buys designer clothes. She took me to ..I think the third floor of Sachs on Michigan Ave where we were greeted by a gorgeous young girl dressed in a fantastic outfit. My friend started looking at the clothes on the rack and so did I. I found something that I liked and looked at the price tag: $1899 for a dress! OMG… it was a real designer area just like the one that Jill Zarin filmed last season when she helped them open their new facility with a dinner party for her best friends. Actually, the air went out of me when I read the tag. LOL The cloth is so much better in the designer clothes. I looked at the seems and they were really flat. There was variety in styles and in colors. There was one item for each design, not a hundred in different sizes. The four inch plus heels that the real housewives wear were on special glass shelves too. There were actually two shoe…left and right… In our stores, they only put out one shoe. We looked for a long time and my friend bought to dresses. She goes to Florida in the winter and there is a club there that is fancy.

    I bought a scarf that matched the color of my coat very nicely in a different section and I really love it. It wasn’t on sale, but I bought it anyway. I wish I could show it to you all because it’s gorgeous.

    It was really hard walking to and from the opera. That lake wind combined with a cold rain seemed to hit me in the face in both directions and I wonder how that happened.

    The people in restaurants and the hotel were very nice. Some people were frustrated with the long lines, but the stores probably were happy that people were buying. Lots of people had multiple bags so let’s hope our economy is coming back.

    I loved the food too… lentil soup, egg white frittata (a la Bethenny,) Reza’s chicken on scewers… I counted calories…but the totat count reflected all of that walking in the cold rain. LOL..

    All in all … a great time in a city that I love.

    • Kat says:

      Loving this blog, Quincy.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Had fun reading your exploits! As always.

      • quincyil says:

        Jazz, I thought of you last week on Jazz night at our fundraiser.
        Wish you were there. I have a feeling your would have loved the 18 member Jazz band.

        • JazzNightOut says:

          I would! Actually, I am in SE Wisconsin and you are in NW Illinois. Not too far apart. Think of both you and Lynn as neighbors.

    • Adgirl says:

      Quincy, that sounds fun! What opera did you see? I just saw Butteryfly here in SF, maybe it’s on tour.

      Hope the fritatta was cooked evenly all the way through or the chef may be up for elimination.

      • quincyil says:

        The operas were “The Masked Ballet” by Verde and “The Mikado”by Gilbert and Sullivan. The people that I was with had a hard time understanding the British accents of the Mikado cast, but I understood them. They were disappointed that there were no subtitles on the English speakers. LOL.

        My girl friend gave me a piece of her salmon and it was raw. Apparently, good salmon from fancy restaurants is seared on both sides and raw in the middle. Who knew? I have to spend more time on Wed. nights with you girls. One bite of that was enough for me.

    • AZ Girl says:

      @ QuincyIl. Good for you. Shopping on Michigan Avenue even if you don’t purchase anything is a treat. I am not a big shopper BUT I love LOOKING at Gucci and Crate and Barrel. I do the same in Las Vegas at Ceasar Palace.

      As for Seriously? postings…. I find it always interesting when we get on topic with the escapades of Dina and her charities that a troll just happens to post. I believe the troll posting in response to Dina’s charity is really outstanding.

      • quincyil says:

        I wanted to buy a few more things, but the lines were so long and we were with friends. I looked at several stores that send me catalogues so I am going to order some gifts using the free shipping being offered on line right now.

        We went into several galleries too. I got to see the art in the Union Club which our friends belong too. The club supports our boys over seas and they were collecting books and other items. We went to the CVS and bought candy and small items to put in some of the boxes too. They had a visiting artist and I got a handout on her work and her opinions about modern art.

        • AZ Girl says:

          What a joy to visit those galleries. Union Club is the Bomb! Nothing better than seeing a new artist and their work. What a great visit to the city.

    • Cusi77 says:

      OMG! Quincy, I would love to see your scarf. I was in Downtown Chicago (Jan_Feb-March-2010) in the Noth side, at one block from Lake Michigan and Av. Michigan. I used to walk at least twice a week to The Art Institute of Chicago. You brought so great memories! I want to go back! Chicago has soul! I did not care for the rain, the snow… I had my energy than in my 20’s!

      • quincyil says:

        I walked by the Art Insitute. They have changed the grounds a lot. There is outdoor art and an ice rink. Little girls were skating. I was there Mar 17th too. So we were walking the street at the same time.

  32. JazzNightOut says:

    My comments are reading from bottom up, as that is how I read the blog (can u picture that, lol!).

    Anyway, Dina, nice to see u here; wish u could post with less obvious defenseiveness. I think u are emphasizing the cancer to hide behind. A number of us here are dealing or have dealt with cancer. We do know its seriousness first hand. I would not contribute to your charity; it does not shine with the spirit I look for in supporting cancer fighters and survivors.

    • HD says:

      What I find sad about this post is that Seriously obviously has been coming to this site because she knows too much. She knows Quincy, she knows Quincy is married to a doctor, she knows about the podcast, etc. so what makes it sad is that this person made up another name instead of “woman-ing up” and just saying what she felt to Quincy under the name we know her as. I like to know who I am dealing with. Don’t hide behind a fake name. If I have something to say to Quincy or anyone else for that matter I am going to say it as HD as I am sure most of us do when we have something to say. I would have had some level of respect if you would have done that but instead you come in cloak and dagger like trying to come at Quincy. That is not how you do things.

      • quincyil says:

        I don’t think this is Dinah. She does know a lot, but I don’t think Dinah has time to bother with a little ditty on what she might see next week at the Hyatt.

        I’m ok with Seriously? and she can comment any time.

      • klmh says:

        All of us have a right to our own opinions. Thats what makes this such a great blog. We have also shared our thoughts, experiences and lives with each other and its made this a one of a kind blog, from what others have written here. This isn’t a private discussion board though and I think everyone that addressed Seriously? has done a great job of explaining their viewpoint. Hope Seriously? is able to maintain an open mind and see where some of us are coming from though…

        • quincyil says:

          I agree. It’s a free discussion.

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          @klmh very balanced and objective comment.

          It hurts though to see posters I have grown to really like attacked though.

          I just wish they would post their opinion in a respectful way and not make personal attacks like no one likes you or whatever is going on up thread.

          It would establish a dialogue and maybe we could finally put some of these disagreements to rest.

  33. TEB says:

    Great job Q! Been off the board as I had houseguests. I hope all is well with everyone πŸ™‚ I feel like I’ve been gone longer than 48 hours! Still need to read old blogs.

    • Kat says:

      Hi TEB, always good to see you.

      • TEB says:

        Right back at-cha KAT! I noticed you were not here as often a couple of weeks ago and was so glad to see you re-appeared. I’ve got a brutal work week so I may not comment but I’m always here in spirit πŸ™‚

  34. klmh says:

    Loved this:

    A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?”
    A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d throw up.”

  35. quincyil says:

    Ladies and a few gentlemen… We have a fantastic week coming up. I think Tabitha is featuring an IL salon takeover on Mon. Tues., Patti had Judith Regan on and some of our very astute contributors noticed Jill Zarin at the very end of the promo. After that the NJ and OC housewives will be on “The Fashion Show.” Calvin will make a dress for Teresa. Dina told us that there might be trouble.

    Tonight…Atlanta…. Thurs… BH… Wed…. I think I will learn how to cook salmon with Top Chef….

    Big things happening on Lynn’s Blog…

  36. Wall St Lady says:

    This is worth a repeat !
    We all get that Lynn isn’t operating a charity.

    And we all get that Dina isn’t either.

    LOL ! One More Boston,
    U So Clever !

    • OneMoreInBoston says:


      • quincyil says:

        I love watching the Real Housewive series because I try to understand people and their interactions. It’s extremely complicated. There are emotions, personal agendas and our Human minds go buzzzzzzzz when electrical wires cross. Last night was a Camille/Kyle moment. Camille heard Kyle ask the question, “Kelsey is not going to be in Hawaii?” and all hell broke loose with misinterpretation. Like Kyle, Quincy’s first reation which is normal and very Human, was to try to defend and correct the misinterpretation that I sensed. Failing that and realizing that this could easily become a BH NYC cat fight, Quincy removed herself from the controversy. That was Kyles mistake in the housewives series. She tried to defend herself and change the mind of Camille. At that point, she became Camille using attacks like “You should go to therapy” and “You are a liar, Camille.” Kyle should have simply stated that this did not happen and move on. Camille would have continued the fight because she can’t help herself. We, the audience, would have watch Camille use the words “vile” and “pernicious,” and we would have drawn the conclusion that Camille was off her rocker without Kyle having to “go there.”

        There are always individuals that take offence when offence is not intended. Just look at the interactions between nations. It’s how you react to the perceived offence that makes the difference in personal relations and international relations. So…vote for me as Ambassador to the UN representing our country. I think I can solve the problems with Iran over a nice kebob and babale polo with black tea. My birthday buddy is Kim Jong Il of North Korea. I think I can make a connectiion with him. Yes, if you can love everyone on a board of thousands, you can find world peace at Christmas for all.

        Thank you for your votes.


  37. AZ Girl says:

    @Seriously This is the first time I have ever seen a post from you. Of course once we discuss Dina and her Ladybug charity this blog gets saturated with negative responses. If you want to defend Dina and her charity then give us the facts. Show us the numbers. Give us the spread sheet on what is overhead and what goes directly to the patients. At a minimum give us a website which provide that information. QuincyIl recap blog was a NARRATIVE blog. Look it up.

  38. quincyil says:

    I have one piece of bad news for all Chicago girls. The Border’s Bookstore across from the Water Tower is closing. I could not believe it. That is my favorite bookstore on Planet Earth. The store lost it’s lease to another higher bidder. Borders will not be replacing the bookstore in that area. A young man said that they had 4 other book stores close by but I visited the one on State Street and it had very few categories.

    I think the internet has affected all bookstores and it’s so expensive to rent on Michigan Ave. Also, the e books have affected sales.

    It was so sad for me and the people that we were with. I feel for the employees too, but they were really working hard helping customers clear the shelves.

    The end of an era…

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Last Christmas someone gave me a gift certif for Barnes & Noble because she heard Borders was going bankrupt. So, ???? So far ours is still full of books and booming.

    • AZ Girl says:

      I visit that Boarders every time I am in Chicago. Sad. Marshall Fields is now Macys on State but they did keep the holiday window decorations which are lovely.

  39. HD says:

    A Friend Contract…somebody help me.

  40. boston02127 says:

    re: Sheree & her play.
    Sheree could make a scary, dark, bat filled cave sound good.

  41. TLM says:

    Is anyone else tallying up scenes you expect will appear on The Soup, as I am? They had Kim Richards singing, “I got my chicken…that’s my chicken…I want a chicken”, etc. to herself this past week on The Dish, with Danielle Fishel saying, “Guess which housewife is off her meds this week?” Brilliant! (After visiting the surreal circus that is Kim’s life, I’m pretty sure Single Gary is now in the Witness Protection Program.)

    The next Soup/Dish clips will undoubtedly be Kim on the laser table — or whatever that table was — eating fried chicken in her bikini, and Cynthia with the friend contract. Cynthia, you should have stopped when you gave Nene a candle.

  42. TLM says:

    Forgot the other Soup/Dish-worthy scenes: that disturbing scene with Phaedra and her mother moaning for 5 minutes over cupcakes they were not even eating, and Phaedra accusing Cynthia of asking if her baby was an alien and had webbed feet…wtf?!??

    • Cusi77 says:

      But this is the first time I give Kudos to Phaedra about if she was Kim she will be jealous of herself.Lol.

  43. Noelle says:

    I just love Anderson Cooper!

  44. HD says:

    I have not cracked up watching WWHL ever but tonight, Andy’s parents reading those lines had me laughinig so hard. LOL!

  45. Cusi77 says:

    Let’s day-dream girls… what about having our first LynnFam Reunion to thank our Lynn in LAS Vegas!

  46. BambiBaby22 says:

    I am trying to catch up on this season of Atlanta. What is going on with Phaedra and the size/age of the baby? Is she “fibbing” the date of conception? Why would anyone do that in this day and age?
    As far as I can see, she seems obnoxious.

    • Noelle says:

      @Bambi – She tried to say that her doctors’ were going to take the baby @ 7 mos because it was fully developed and god forbid laying on her bladder. After all, her husband Apollo, was born 3 mos early…or something to that effect.

      Bottom line is that she was pregs before married and that was a huge no-no from her upbringing.

  47. TLM says:

    My favorite line on WWHL was Anderson’s, when he was asked to identify the housewife who said, “If you think I’m a bitch, bring it on” and he answered, “You know, that could be anybody.”

    Since Andy’s into doing themes on his shows, what about a KIM-vention, with Kim Z, Kim D, Kim G and Kim Richards? I think it definitely wouldn’t be dull!

  48. kotagirl29 says:

    This just in. . . . . . . . . .

    Kelly Killoren Bensimon caught on the beaches in Florida surrounded by seagull carcasses and a bag of gummy bears stuffed with rat poison. When police searched her hotel room they found a veritable sweat shop of people making earrings with feathers. Police were later told the people took the birds home for food.

    Just kidding, but she is getting those feathers somewhere.

  49. Noelle says:

    OT – I have a friend from high school that emailed me(through her assistant)that she’d be home over the holidays and like to meet up with me. She proceeded by stating her assistant would make the plans and confirm the date.

    Oh please. She married money and does nothing and won’t do charity because in her eyes…”they’re all beggars.”

    I liked her when her feet were on the ground…now, not so much, at all.

    What would you do? I loathe people that they think they’re better just because they have money.
    They’re still assholes.(friend & husband)
    Unless you’re discovering the end to…cancer, or discovering a way for world peace then get rid of your assistants…you’re just not all that!

    This is”new” money for this couple and it’s hurts to watch.
    Should I decline to her assistant or try to get in in touch with her…to do so?

    • Kat says:

      Have your assistant politely decline her assistant’s invitation. Gmail is a cheap assistant. 8)

      • Noelle says:

        Excuse me…

        • Kat says:

          It’s what I’d do. I’d decline from an unknown email acct.

        • Noelle says:

          Great, thanks..I get it!

          • Adgirl says:

            I wouldn’t cross her off the list yet. She maybe trying to touch the ground.
            Does she want to meet you alone, like to catch up over cocktails or a big group things with a bunch of people you don’t know?

            My friend married a guy who inheritied 8 million bucks (after their marriage). She really appreciates landing in “homeville”. We don’t talk about money at all.

            • Noelle says:

              I have the idea that she wants to meet….other than that, no clue.
              Really, I’m your oldest friend and you’re going to have an assistant call me to plan/confirm it!??….I don’t know how to feel….

              • Blue Sky says:

                I would meet her, give her a chance…if she’s obnoxious, you can give a quick excuse & get out of there fast (if you meet at a restaurant, for example). Send her assistant an email saying “here’s my cell phone #, my friend’s name – call me anytime & we can plan a get together.” Then you can at least meet her (if she really does call you herself) & decide if you want this person in your life or not. Even let her know that you find it a bit odd that she is setting up get togethers thru her assistant…gag. And you know we want the details of what you decide to do!

        • kbinldo says:

          Use your pet’s initials as your “assistant’s”, ie. after the closing of the letter, at the bottom, there should be something like this:

          INITIALS IN ALL CAPS(yours)/initials in lower case (asst)

    • Wall St Lady says:

      I would politely tell her asst. that u sent your ast. to Paris to pick up some things for u and that u don’t make appoints via Email. Tell the ast to have ur friend at a very specific time. U could even give her 2 choices of when to call.
      If the 1st part isn’t comfortable just do the last part.
      Plan a place like the Olive Garden & say u crave the bread there so she won’t choose a pricey place or a pick a nice Hotel’s bar for a drink.
      Now access if u want to b friends.
      My hunch is that she reached out to u cuz she cares about u rich or poor.
      Many PB women have PA’. Some PA’s like some Sec.can b real. Condescending snots.
      I have had my work ast. Organize meals b cuz they know my calendar better than I do. The PA thing can b a power play,using the PA to maintain
      Control. U will figure it out. But u may reconnect w/a friend who could b a blessing to u and vice versa.

  50. Noelle says:

    How’ve you been?

  51. Noelle says:

    You still here?

  52. Wall St Lady says:

    Olivia has been gone for weeks
    So has ellabean.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Wonder where they are; miss them both.

      • klmh says:

        Olivia had had it with the housewives, or at least her last message implied that. She had threatened many times to leave, remember? Always wrote about how the story line, time line etc was manipulated and nothing was real. Maybe she just got tired of saying the same things? This is not meant as a criticism, just fact. Reread her posts. But man, could she write beautifully!

  53. Wall St Lady says:

    I hope they went to Hawaii & on to Asia for a month.

  54. Kat says:

    I watched Gene Simmon’s Family Jewels on A&E earlier today. The episode was about his mother who is a holocast survivor. Gene and his partner visited the Anne Frank house. Watching a grown man cry… the whole show was very emotional.

    • Noelle says:

      I have seen too many interviews with Gene Simmon’s coming off like an ass. I tend to believe he’s an ass.
      I think this episode would bring anyone to tears.

      • Kat says:

        His interview on Private Sessions comes to mind.

      • TLM says:

        I’ve seen a few programs with him and his Mom. Unfortunately his assholery and blatant disrespect of women all over the place negates the fact that he bows to whatever his mother wants. I always wonder what caused that… does he think no one can measure up to his Mom, and that all other women deserve to be treated derisively? That is one thing I wish Terry had asked him. If you are so deferential to your mother, why do you speak to other women they way you do? Would your mother approve of that?

        If anyone thinks I am being cruel, just listen to his interview with Terry Gross (female) of NPR’s Fresh Air program, which originates here in Philadelphia. Interestingly Simmons says he has more beautiful skin than Gross and would be more popular in jail than she if he so chose, even though he said minutes before that she has the option to sell her body to get food, whereas he as a man does not. It is really hard to believe anyone can be this full of themselves and rude, and not get the crap kicked out of them regularly. The guy spews misogynistic crap and throws in random words he picked from the dictionary and walks around thinking his shit doesn’t stink. One gets the sense his interview with Terry, which was really more like a speech called The World According to Gene, has been given many times to many different women, some intelligent but probably many, not so much. And that bolstered this moron’s confidence.

        He complains about NPR being dull, yet he chose to do an interview on there for 1/2 hour and waste everyone’s time. Oh, and he does that irritating Camille thing where he’ll say something obnoxious and then say, “uh-huh” in a happy lilting voice, as if to say he agrees with himself and the matter is settled. I cannot stand people who do this.

        Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXMpo6rrUcI&feature=related
        Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkrGk_KPn0w&feature=related
        Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB0W3G74nYY&feature=related

        Despite the fact that Terry laughed with him and tried several times to move on to a normal conversation even after he had repeatedly insulted her without apology, this guy would not be happy until he said enough degrading things to her to make her end the interview. I think if she hadn’t said, “we’ll leave it at that,” he’d still be talking and telling her about his supposedly epic sexual skills. I don’t even believe he had sex with many women at all. It is like a little kid who makes up stories to get attention.

        At least the interview was good for this much. Gene told us that he is repelled by the smell of alcohol. Probably it’s a good idea to carry around one of those tiny airline bottles of booze and wave it under his nose to make him go away. Although I think he’s a lying sack and and story he tells is a fabrication.

  55. Had Enough! says:

    Lousy photo, but another pic of KooKooPuff looking normal and doing normal stuff:


    Wish she’d get a clue for Christmas and start dressing appropriately (making the most of her assets, downplaying her liabilities) and acting appropriately. She could be so much more attractive and likeable…ok, maybe not likeable. But sure like to see her give it a try.

    Even in this blurry photo, you can see the difference between a genuinely happy (authentic) smile and her phony grin.

    • Kat says:

      Her teeth are whitish in the photo.
      There I was nice.
      Guess I need practice.

      • quincyil says:

        LOL… you are nice, you just hate injustice in the world. There is nothing wrong with that, Kat. We need the protectors as well as the protected. I think you are a wonderful person.

    • quincyil says:

      What degree do you have to get to become a stylist. It seems that some people really know how to dress and have fantastic wardrobes. I’ve seen it here with people like my husband’s receptionist. She is beautiful naturally, but she knows what looks appropriate for the occassion too. I need to get her to shop with me.

      I know WSL is in style. I bet Cusi is too. I have a feeling our Cusi is very sophisticated. We have professional women and businesswomen here who know how to dress. Then there are the barn girls, who like me, wear jeans and dress casually most of the time.

      Oh… a new trend that I have seen in our Walmart and on a young woman coming out of the Marriot accross from the Watertower on Michicagan Ave… pajamas in public. Yes, people in IL have begun to wear colorful sleepwear out of the house. I have some and no one ever sees it, but being a trend setter I think I might wear mine down to the barn to feed the horses and cats.

      I don’t get paid for reviewing “the Fashion Show,” but I was on reconnaissance this weekend. I looked at pleats, seams, zippers, colors, “the collections,” it was “The Fashion Show” on Michigan Ave. Of course, I had a 18 dollars sweater from Kohl’s on and on sale dress pants from Bergner’s, but my mind was collecting data all weekend.

      When I was in grad school, we knew nothing of fashion. As I grew older, I realized that everything has a place and everything has intrinsic value. So.. I grew up. Sometimes, I hear young people make blanket statements that I have found not to be true. I smile inside and I know they will find out for themselves just like I did.

      • Blue Sky says:

        Barn girl team here, Q reporting that yes pajamas & slippers in public are the rage amongst the snazzy teen set. My son started wearing his father’s slippers to school, with the plaid pajama pants/jeans/even athletic shorts (the ones that go to the knees).

        I find it very cute to see the old dudes in the gym with their short shorts from the ’70/’80’s. Some of them are in way better shape than me!

        Fashion is a personal statement, you need lots of time to shop & it helps to know your colors, so you know what looks good on you. I’ll bet you look pretty snazzy when you take the time. Working in a lab (I used to work in a biochemistry lab, loved it) is not the place to wear nice clothes, right? Do you ever watch that show about Dr. G Medical Examiner? She says it’s not a good idea for her to shop after work…the smells from doing autopsies really make other people run away when she gets in line at the grocery store, lol.

        • Blue Sky says:

          off to gym, can’t let TLD have all the fun, but she does look way better than me !

        • Had Enough! says:

          Key word: teens. Not 42-yr-old women.

          We see kids here wearing PJs all the time. They look stupid. That’s what being a kid is about. Hey, it is better than the ultra-tight, ultra-low jeans with muffin top. Even the skinny girls look lousy in that look.

          Fashion is about trends. Style is about what looks good on you. Making the most of your assets, hiding your liabilities. I’m the kind who has no talent for accessories. Well more like no patience. I want to put on a dress and maybe earrings and call it a day. I can’t deal with scarves, 20 bracelets, rings, etc. Too much to find, too much to put away. Or jeans and a nice sweater. Done. So I will never be stylish, but I do try to wear what looks good on me.

          • quincyil says:

            I think the young man in the milk section of our Walmart in his pjs was 20 ish… The woman coming out of the Marriot was 20 ish too. I haven’t seen many school age kids of late, but I will keep an eye out for them.

            My husband has clothes from the early 70’s in that closet he calls home. Our sons are 6 ft something and dad is 5 ft 3, but they pretend to put on his old clothes and laugh about our style.

            I am putting everyone on Kelly watch. I want to know if she is wearing pjs on the streets of Manhattan.

            • twoile says:

              The pjs as outer ware has been “in fashion” here(MA & NH) 4 the teen set (once in awhile I’ll see an “adult”) 4 around 6yrs or so seem to b fadeing out now tx heavens….baggy is in with the “urban fashion ” crowd. This too will pass..:)

      • AZ Girl says:

        Because of our weather here the pajama pants and slippers are the rage with the teenage girls. They don’t wear them to school just to the mall and grocery. Unfortunately some of the girls wear them a tad LOW. So low they obviously have had a wax job similar to Kyle’s.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        Quincy, I have the same struggle. If it’s a jeans event, I can look great. But fancier than that, my look is hit-or-miss.

        I work on a campus and observe what the students wear. The Asian girls are always up on the fashion styles and some spend more time on clothing than on study. (And they admit it with a laugh.) It seems like here the pj look is on the decline. What I’m seeing now is the girls wearing layered tops that are very thin and some are nearly knee length. They wear a very short skirt (we called them minis, but who knows now what they’re called) or short shorts. Several have had shorts that remind me of the old gym shorts with elastic legs. They pull the elastic high so the shorts bloom out. Under that they wear tights that look like hose to me. I asked if they are warm and one student said it’s a special kind. Not wool, but maybe silk and she was not sure. They have their feet in Uggs still (in various colors, pink being the favorite), or those little ballerina slippers. Now, some of these girls are built like buses, but they walk with mincing steps and talk in high squeeky voices to be oh-so feminine. (The boys are wearing jeans and what ever shirt doesn’t stink too bad. We understand that look and it’s timeless.)

        I don’t think this girly style is going to appear on the streets of BH, but think about what we see the BH ladies in. They do wear tights or leggings with blouses that poof down over parts they want to hide. The Asian girls favor long hair, lots of (well-applied) makeup, surprising nail colors — all things we see on BH.

        Me? It’s cold now, so I’ve gotten out my corduroy pants (styled like jeans) from Penny’s. And sweaters with jackets. I bought a pair of suede boots (not snow boots) from TJ Maxx the other day, so I’m sure I’m just a little stylish. If only I could figure out what to wear them with!

        • quincyil says:

          Suede boots go with dark jeans and a nice sweater… Your welcome to all of my stylist tips free of charge.

          My Indian friends from India are always dressed to the tee. The Iranians love fashion too. My American friends are casual like me.

          I always liked clothes from Chicos, but something has happened with all of this exercise and the design of Chicago’s clothes isn’t right even with the 0 sizes. I am not a teenie bopper so even though I can fit in some of those outfits, they don’t fit me. I do ask friends to shop with me. It gives me time to spend with friends and they seem to care about me and want to help me. I guess I just am lucky and know how to pick friends.

          • Kansas Girl says:

            My problem with the suede boots is my legs, not the boots. I have walked a lot all my life and have well-developed calves that boots sometimes don’t fit over. These are snug. There is no way my cords or jeans will tuck into them. They do look nice with dresses (when I can find a dress), but my glaring white legs don’t. I wore tights with the boots last week and by the end of the day the boots had worked the tights up into a bunch at my knees. You can understand how I’m not known as too fashionable by this description!

            I’ve got a good friend who goes shopping with me, but she can only pick things that look good on her, not me. So I guess first I need to find new friends! πŸ™‚

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          I have the opposite problem. All I wear are suits, with pumps and pearls. It is my uniform.

          When I go out with the girls for a casual Sat. lunch, or grocery store, or shopping, I really struggle!

          Sometimes I meet my friends after church, so at least I have an excuse why I’m dressed so formally!

          Jeans look awful on me, so I’ve resorted back to the leggings and riding boots look that I wore in college.

  56. Had Enough! says:

    These anti-bullying campaigns are doing themselves a real disservice by equating the expression of negative opinions (about anything, to friends) with the deliberate harassment of individuals. Before the internet, a group of friends had the kinds of conversations we have here, but in their kitchens over a cuppa Joe, or in a restaurant, over a couple of drinks. Does the fact that the Bravolebrities can, if they chose to, eavesdrop on our conversation make it bullying? I don’t think so. The other big difference is that these women, for reasons I can’t begin to fathom, are willingly exposing themselves to ridicule.

    There is a world of difference between people having a conversation about their opinions of adults who deliberately expose themselves (for paychecks and product endorsements)…and the vicious, personal, deliberate harassment of individuals, especially minors.

    Kendra Wallis – are you listening? What you are trying to do is admirable, but you are really missing the mark by comparing these discussions to what happened to Phoebe Prince, Tyler Clementi, and Megan Meier. You cheapen their memories by equating what happened to them with discussions about adults who had to know what they were getting into when they went on reality TV shows. Trust me, Jill Zarin is laughing all the way to the bank, and if a few people write negative things about her, well so what? Without Bravo, she wouldn’t have a bedding line and a gotkes (Yiddish for underwear) line and all this free advertising. She is a sharp cookie. She knew what she was in for and she willingly accepted that bargain.

    By the standards of Kendra Wallis, columnists would have to stop writing about politicians. Because they are writing mean things! about adults! who chose to make themselves public figures! knowing what they were getting into! No one will be able to write biographies that say anything negative about the subject.

    That is not bullying. Period.

    Kendra – you really need to make these important distinctions, because you have an important message but it is not going to succeed as long as you call every expression of a negative opinion about public figures “bullying.” I’m not saying it is impossible to bully an adult. It is. But there is a world of difference between bullying and comments on the deliberately public actions of adults who put themselves on display.

    And finally, I’ll begin to respect you when you write to Kelly Bensimon and express your consternation about the way she behaved in the “Scary Island” episode. That was the deliberate, vicious harassment – repeatedly – of another person.

    • quincyil says:

      LOL… I didn’t know who any of those people are.

      My idea for yesterday’s blog comes from the reality shows. The stars visit hotels and stay in luxury suites. We watch them walk through those suites. They ride in limos. They wear fur coats. They have tons of luggage. The charge fans to meet them. They demand first class tickets from Bravo.

      I may have embellished using long proven writing methods, but essentially that article had a basis of truth and that truth came from their behaviors and actions on screen, in the twitter world, and from articles that they were paid to provide answers to questions.

      The article was about Dinah and the trip she is taking next week, but honestly, Dinah is a star and she seperates herself from the rest of us because she is a Bravocelebrity. The Hyatt is very expensive. If she wanted to maximize donations, she could stay in a hotel in the airport area and take a cab into the city for an event at a location less costly. I would be willing to help with with online research. Demanding that I give to a specific charity even Dinah’s is ridiculous. She didn’t know me and that I sit on boards here and donate all of the time. I’d be willing to show her my donations, if she would show me hers.
      Why would I give to an unknown charity in NJ? I give to the Cancer Society here. I also donate to our hospital Cancer Center. That demand was unreasonable.

      Honestly, I looked at this blog and really the only thing someone might take offence at was “the three large Midwestern women” comment. There were three and the five of us with luggage were close to the weight limit on the Otis elevator’s warning sign. I calculated that in my head. I am a numbers person. I did not use “fat.” That was an observation that I perhaps should not have made, but it was real. The “lift off” was hyperbole and writers use it all of the time for emphasis.

      I was wondering why someone would be upset with the guest blog that I wrote. It doesn’t make sense to me at all. If it was Dinah that wrote to us about that guest blog, then I am impressed that she saw herself in my blog and didn’t think it was attractive. That shows signs of growth on her part. With growth comes change and Dinah should change how she behaves on twitter and in the real world, in my opinion.

      If the person who attacked me was a former friend and member of the board, I’d like her to return and be the person that I know she is. Everyone is welcome and in my heart, she is welcome. It doesn’t matter to me what she said when she was hurt or angry. She is dear to me. I raised three teens so I can take anything and had six younger siblings so I can take any abuse and still care about someone and want to help them.

      I, like Bethenny, think that fame goes to your head in the Bravo reality world. It’s not easy to take criticism from unknown bloggers and people who comment on blogs, but when it comes to being fair and trying to use logic, this place wins blue ribbons. Lynn calls it as she sees it and she really sees it as I see it most of the time.

      Mark Twain had his detractors as does Kathy Griffen. Speaking truth to power has it’s perils. I saw that last night, but fortunately, I can see something and not let it go to my head. It comes with age, ladies… LOL

      • Had Enough! says:

        Q – Kendra Wallis is the person behind this twitter anti-bullying campaign, @end2bullying. She’s the one harassing Tabatha Coffey and Sonja Morgan for doing podcasts with Lynn and calling Lynn a hate blogger (clearly she’s never read the blog or the comments).

        I didn’t mean it to be about your blog and the Serious comments…in my view, what you did, what we all do, is not bullying. It is social commentary. Not even a close call.

        By the way, it is Dina, not Dinah. Adding an “h” is a serious bullying offense. They could call the proper authorities on you for this.

        • quincyil says:

          Opps on that extra “h” then. I thought you were writing about the twitter attacks on this site. I have heard about them recently so my mind made that connection. Minds do go on tangents as you can see from our threads.

          So… somehow this site is compared to a bullying entity because we “hate” Jill Zarin. Frankly, I think there is a misunderstanding about the word “hate.” There are many words that have harsher meanings. What is wrong with hating something anyway? I hate lots of things and some world leaders. I hate President Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong IL. I hate al Qaeda. I hate the KKK. I hate poverty, starvation, animal cruelty and laundry (sorry Dutchess of Dryer Lint.) Jill Zarin is just one of many “hates” that I have. It’s not going to stop me from watching her on TV or doing the laundry.

          Jill is using the anti Hate campaign for publicity. Jill really only cares about Jill. That’s my assessment and I hope she proves me wrong.

      • klmh says:


        Someone mentioned up thread, I think it was AZ Girl, that anytime Dina’s name was mentioned, someone negative would appear and disrupt the flow of the blog/poster discussion. She not only questioned some subjects on your blog, she also attacked some posters comments here. I think this is your answer and therefore not something to concern yourself with, don’t you think? Seriously? may not be Dina, but she either works for, or is a friend of hers. jmho

        • quincyil says:

          Good to know. Whoever it is, cursi is correct, she writes beautifully and is intelligent. We may not agree, but I give her points for that. Dinah doesn’t appear that intelligent in her twitter, but people may let their hair down in twitter land.

          I have a bunch of reports to write up… I will check in when I have lunch.

  57. Had Enough! says:

    Somehow managed to miss this: photos of LuAnn from her early days, including one in a nursing cap:


    And a sweet 16 for Victoria:


    (Yes, LuAnn is still with Ross. The party sounds a bit over-the-top, but hey…if you’ve got it, flaunt it!)

    Jill looks OK, but the last few weeks, the photos I’ve seen of her have me wondering – is it possible for your boobs to grow back? She’s looking quite busty again. Maybe it is just weight gain? I’ve noticed that she looks heavier recently.

    (Quick, someone call the anti-bullying police).

  58. AZ Girl says:

    I just finished reading Adrienne’s blog. I am not sure if anyone noticed that Adrienne has had tinsel strands in her hair the past episodes. I don’t know about the east coast or mid-west but they are big out on the west coast. Many day spa’s and salons offer them. You pay by the strand and they are weaved into your regular hair. They are really a fun and cute accessory for holiday parties.

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